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Professional Certification Exam: An Alternative Method for a Remote Additive Manufacturing Lab

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2021 Illinois-Indiana Regional Conference



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April 16, 2021

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April 16, 2021

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April 17, 2021

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Labs and Experiential Learning

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Labs and experiential learning

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Rustin Webster Purdue University, New Albany

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Dr. Rustin Webster is an associate professor in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University and specializes in mechanical engineering and computer graphics technology. Prior to academia, he worked for an aerospace and engineering company as a mechanical engineer, product development lead, and researcher. Dr Webster designed various solutions for multiple branches of the Armed Forces, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He holds a B.S. in Engineering Graphics and Design and a M.S. in Management of Technology from Murray State University, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Webster is a certified GD&T-Technologist, SOLIDWORKS Expert, and Six Sigma Green Belt. For his teaching and mentoring of students he has been awarded the 2021 ASEE ET National Teaching Award, 2021 Purdue Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship, 2021 Purdue Teaching Academy Pandemic Teaching Award, 2019 ASEE EDGD Rising Educator Award, and 2019 SME Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award. Dr Webster’s research interests include ET outreach (e.g., recruitment and retention) and design education with focus areas in CAD, instructional techniques (e.g., project-based learning), and technology. His scholarship includes 28 peer-reviewed articles, 17 accepted scholarly presentations, multiple invited lectures on his teaching philosophy, methods, and experiences, and 11 awarded grants related to teaching and learning.

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A free professional certification exam was adopted in an introductory course on the study of polymers and composites after the course was transitioned to remote education due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. The Certified SOLIDWORKS Associates – Additive Manufacturing (CSWA-AM) exam and the prerequisite 10-part online video learning path replaced traditional hands-on laboratory activities. Twenty-five engineering technology (ET) students attempted the exam and passed at a rate of 76% (n = 19). The perceived positive student acceptance to and the effectiveness of the remote lab activities to meet learning outcomes is encouraging the instructor to not only continue using the CSWA-AM but to also include and research the effectiveness of additional professional certification exams in future semesters. Key Words: Certification, Additive Manufacturing, COVID-19

Webster, R. (2021, April), Professional Certification Exam: An Alternative Method for a Remote Additive Manufacturing Lab Paper presented at 2021 Illinois-Indiana Regional Conference, Virtual. 10.18260/1-2--38273

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